# Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The courgettes have recently started bearing fruit and there seems to be a new one every few days. My favourite way to use them is always in pasta which we tend to eat a lot of. Fresh from the garden they really do improve the flavour of pretty much any pasta dish. With the tomatoes nearly ready I think that pasta is going to be on the menu a lot for the next few weeks.

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# Wednesday, 27 July 2016

I’m feeling a little envious when I see posts from other mothers who are able to spend the summer holidays taking their children on day trips or booking a break away. Being self employed means I still have to work as normal but with two children at home. It’s certainly challenging and only 4 days into the summer holidays I’m stuck between trying to work as usual and feeling guilty I can’t spend as much time as I want to with the children. So far they have managed to amuse themselves without too many issues but I’m sure the games will soon run out and it will be a struggle to find entertainment that they can do independently whilst I work. I wonder how others in the same situation manage it.

posted on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:38:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 20 July 2016

With the recent heatwave I have seen a number of reports of children being shut in hot cars whilst their parents go shopping. Having sat in the car for just five minutes with the car air con off waiting for husband I watched how the temperature quickly started to rise. How a parent can shut a child in a car for more than 40 minutes when the temperature outside is 30 degrees plus is anyone’s guess. I’m unsure why anyone would leave a child alone in the car to go shopping, to me it seems plain irresponsible but to do so on hot day is just dangerous and poor parenting. I’m glad to see that the children in the reported incidents survived but the outcome could have been tragic.

posted on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:44:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 15 July 2016

Jam season is certainly here. Whilst most of the strawberries didn’t make it inside the house, due to being eaten en route, we did manage a few ports of strawberry jam. This was followed by a good batch of gooseberry jam with donated fruit from a neighbours allotment. My favourite is always the raspberry jam. Currently I’m picking a punnet of raspberries a day and averaging 3 pots of jam from each batch. It really is rather good this year.

posted on Friday, 15 July 2016 09:29:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 30 June 2016


I made this a few weeks ago for the first time and its quickly become a family favourite. The thing I like about making meatloaf is that its quick and easy. Once all the ingredients are in the tin it can be left for just under an hour to cook and its usually enough to serve the family for two meals.

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# Wednesday, 29 June 2016

With a glut of strawberries, we have so many that even two hungry children can’t eat all of them. The best way to ensure nothing gets wasted is to make jam. I managed to make a good batch of strawberry jam and have a bag of gooseberries from a neighbour that I think might also go the same way. If things go well I should be able to make enough jam to last us until next summer especially as the raspberries will soon be ready.

posted on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:21:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 14 June 2016

IMG_2040I’m always excited to see the first strawberries starting to turn red. Not only does it signal the start of summer but also many weeks of readily available fruit for the children to snack on. Rarely does the fruit make it inside for jam making, now as most of it is consumed before it even leaves the vegetable patch.

posted on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:16:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 09 June 2016

IMG_1884I recently introduced my daughter to the world of My Little Pony when I took my childhood toys out of the loft. I have looked after my entire collection for more than 30 years and finally thought it was time that another little girl had the chance to play with them. So far they have kept my daughter amused for hours just as they did me at the same age. I have no doubt there are many hours of fun still to be had with these 30 year old toys.

posted on Thursday, 09 June 2016 15:47:48 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback